Concepts in Alternative Television


#41

Detroit has a long tradition of horror hosts but for whatever reason, The Ghoul rode the airwaves up from Toledo to outshine them all.

The other other Ghoulardi knock off apparently goes by Son of the Ghoul and has gotten in some legal trouble for it.

We did have a new horror host about 10 years back called Wolfman Mac who became infamous for getting sued over his act too. Apparently he stole it from some dude in Lansing. My friend worked for him for a couple episodes and it was a mess. They were depending on him to bring his own camera to shoot the whole thing on his first day. The best part of the show was that since he was buying up infomercial airtime for his show, he solicited sponsorships from local businesses to off set the cost. So every week this awful looking werewolf would show up on late night TV to swear a different pizzeria was the greatest ever.


#42

only recently i found out about this one program that aired in brazilian television, august 22th of 1983.

the show’s director gave one episode for a group of independent video producers who had just graduated (from architecture school, mostly!) to run. the result is one of the most hilarious i’ve ever seen.

since it’s a stage thing the editing and, of course, the interviews were done live. all the infrastructure set-up is incredibly precarious, which lead to many unpredictible outcomes and improvisation.

like, they call some guy who’s supposed to be a writer to say what he thought of recording of a (then recent) bob marley concert and he just didn’t see it because the monitor was too far and they just wing a conversation while you see people of the audience and staff walking by. later they call one of the most important film-makers in the country for an interview and he gets furious because people keep interrupting and making noise all the time. there’s an interview with a fake (?) fashion-designer on his collection about world war 3 that is just normal-ish clothes and models walking weird / dancing.

in the pre-recorded segments they interview random people in the streets and ask them about death.

it’s all so eerie and surreal.

unfortunately there aren’t english subtitles that i know of though :frowning:


#43

experimental 1080p/60 video footage shot in Tokyo, 1992.

amazing


#44

this is amazing to watch though given the timeframe, it was probably 1035i originally and deinterlaced because that is how far along NHK’s HDTV experiments were at the time


#45

I lived in Phoenix, Arizona when I was young, where there was a local show called Wallace and Ladmo. Every day, they had a group of kids on the show and they would give each of them a “Ladmo Bag” filled with little toys and coupons and things.

(I was never on the show, but I sure would have liked to get my hands on one of those bags–I remember liking the sound that they made when picked up, for some reason, even though they were just ordinary paper bags.)

The opening sequence (which I now see was likely inspired by Terry Gilliam) had a catchy theme song, and is why I thought mentioning the show might be appropriate for this thread (maybe).

A close friend of my mother who lived around the corner from us made all the costumes for the show, and I’d always watch out for her name in the credits at the end. This friend of my mother’s had an unnamed disease that doctors could never figure out how to treat, that made her totally unable to eat or drink anything for years until her death.


#46

i just learned that there was a public access tv show aimed at furries that ran from 1983 to 2017


#47

i think http://astronaut.io/ would fit pretty well with this idea.

it takes a random succession of youtube videos with something close to zero views each and shows you a few seconds at a time. i think there must be some cameras that have built-in upload functionality and people forget they have it turned on or something. it has a real late-night tv feel to it.


#48

last night i wathed a really beautiful documentary from 2004 called public access hollywood, and i strongly recommend it to everyone